I was thirteen, I guess, when I heard this story. I was in the house of some friends of my father and I remember I was asking to go home when I listened to the wife of my father’s friend telling this story. For sure, I understood it in that first moment. However yesterday, when I saw you during the lunch time, you were probably going to your home, and you just stopped to say “Hi”, finally I realized its real meaning, and for the first time this story made complete sense for me.
Once upon a time there was a boy. He was so proud of his father. He used to say for everyone that his father was diamond’s hunter. Actually his father was a miner, and worked looking for diamonds, which he sold to be able to maintain their house in that place far from everywhere. Every single day, the boy asked to his father if he could go to work together, to learn how hunting diamonds. His father always said that it wasn’t the moment, he was still so young. “One day you’ll go, but not today, my son.” Long time passed until that finally it was the day. At morning, his father woke him up and said, “Let’s go, boy! Today you’ll learn to hunt diamonds!”
WOW! The boy was so excited; he couldn’t wait for that moment. In less than one minute he was ready to go out.
His father gave him a small bag and they went away. They walked for more than one hour, until they arrived where his father said it was the place. It was a kind of cavern, where they went inside. There was a kind of wall where his father stopped and said, “You see, now I’ll go for this side and you’ll go for that other side. When you find one diamond, you just call me, and I’ll say what you have to do.”
“But, daddy, I never found one diamond. How will I know if I found one diamond?”
“Take it easy. Just listen to me. Go and, when you find some diamond, call me.”
The father just looked at the boy who understood he couldn’t ask the same question again.
“Trust in me, my son. Now you can go.”
The boy obeyed his father, took his bag, and followed the direction his father told him. Some minutes later, “Daddy, I guess I found one diamond!”
“Throw it away!”
“I said throw it away, so throw it away. This is not a diamond.”
“But…”, the boy preferred just obey again and put that rock away.
Some minutes later, “Daddy, I guess I found one diamond!”
“Throw it away!”
“But daddy. I really guess it’s a diamond.”
“No, it isn’t! Throw it away.”
“But you didn’t see it.”
“Please, just throw it away.”
Similar scene happened several times. The boy was tired. He thought his father was kidding him. Maybe his father knew that place and he knew there wasn’t any diamond there. But his father’s order was to trust in him, so he kept going.
Once more, “Daddy, I guess…”, he didn’t finish. He knew what his father would say, so he just threw that other rock away.
Finally, after hours there, the boy called his father.
“Daddy! Daddy! I found one diamond!”
“So, keep it, my son. This is one diamond.”
You know, yesterday, looking at your eyes, I saw I found one diamond